-An Alexandra man was praised after he saved a child from drowning in a river in bad weather
- The brave man managed to piggyback the child to safety across the river
- The MEC of Community Safety tracked him down to thank him for his heroic efforts
After a Johannesburg man bravely risked his life to save a child from drowning in a flash flood, the MEC for Gauteng Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, tracked the man down to properly thank him for his courage and selflessness.
The man, Vincent Cosa, lives in Alexandra and saved the child from drowning in the flooding Juksei River, as Briefly.co.za previously reported.
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The child was clinging to a pipe when the flash flood hit, trapping the boy in the centre of the structure above the rushing water. The local hero didn’t think twice and quickly shimmied across the pipe towards the child.
South Africans applauded the man for saving a young life and felt proud that someone would go out of their way to do something good for another person.
Many suggested he should be given a job, preferably in rescue services, and if he was not a South African national, many suggested he should be given citizenship.
Nevertheless, social media users were not too eager to thank the MEC or her team as they were concerned about the appalling conditions in the area, and questioned why the MEC was unashamed to parade a hero around “mountains of rubbish”.
Some users were concerned that the child was most likely near the river to use the toilets, which are unsafe, and surrounded by trash, which is unsanitary.
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